Garden Club learns about Xeriscape

Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener Elizabeth Ratcliffe spoke to the North Thompson Garden Club about xeriscaping

  • Apr. 25, 2014 4:00 p.m.

At the Apr. 13 meeting of the North Thompson Valley Garden Club, Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener Elizabeth Ratcliffe spoke to the group about xeriscaping.  Xeriscape, pronounced ‘zair-i-scape’, can mean a multitude of things: dry landscaping, water-smart gardening, dry land gardening, drought-tolerant landscaping, and gardens with limited water.

Ratcliffe went over the seven principls to xeriscape gardening: planning and design, soil analysis, soil preparation, turf, water use, mulches, and maintenance.  She also recommended several books for those who want more information about the subject.

* The Home Owners Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook by Penelope O-Sullivan

* Perfect Plant Perfect Place by Roy Lancaster

* Dryland Gardening by Jennifer Bennett

* Creating a Kamloops Xeriscape, a City of Kamloops booklet

The next meeting of the NTV Garden Club will be on May 25 at 5 p.m. at the NT Volunteer Centre (the Ridge) and will be a pot-luck.  The next event will be the Plant Sale on May 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bandshell in Fadear Park, where master gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.